Noun, Verb, and Adjective Review

Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Other days everything fits together like a puzzle. Last Thursday I had one of those days where everything went better than planned.   The lesson was a review of nouns, verbs and adjectives. We’ve gone over it several times in class, but the kids were still having trouble […]

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My New Year’s Resolution

Teaching is messy. Just when you think you have things figured out you get a curveball, whether it’s a new student, a new initiative or a full moon. Sometimes as a blogger it’s easy to get caught up in wanting everything to be perfectly written: correct grammar, inspiring message, etc. But that’s not real life. […]

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Perception is a tricky thing

Several months ago my wife and I needed a new car.  We did the research and looked at a wide range of cars.  We eventually found a car that we hadn’t seen on the road before.  It was a Ford Fusion.  We love everything about the car and found a dealership that was nearby with […]

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Kicking off a new school year…

Tomorrow I will begin my ninth year of teaching.  This is my 9th year of preservice trainings.  My 9th year of new initiatives and new ideas for transforming our classrooms.  My 9th year of detailed explanations about why my assessment data should be better. It’s easy to drown in all the minutia of school, the […]

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Why points don’t matter…

On Saturday I had the privilege of taking 7 kids to the FLL robotics competition.  This is my first year coaching, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  As we approached the building the other coaches and I sent the kids on their first of many missions throughout the day: greet three people and tell […]

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